The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) seeks a visionary Director to oversee the mission of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). Reporting to the Dean of CAHSS, the Director will be a vibrant leader with an informed, forward-looking vision of what a university-based art gallery can be, helping both the campus and larger communities realize their values. With demonstrated professional commitment to values of cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning, the Center Director will be a key contributor to forging relations between the Center and academic programs across the college and university. By overseeing the activities of the Center, supervising staff, chairing the CADVC’s Advisory Board, and working with faculty, students and other constituencies, the Director will be instrumental in both supporting and raising the visibility of the CADVC within UMBC, throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, nationally and internationally.
This five year, renewable appointment as Director will be at the rank of Professor of the Practice, see UMBC Faculty Handbook for a description of this rank (7.j). Applicants must possess an advanced degree in a relevant field, as well as broad, practical experience and knowledge of museum/gallery work. The expected start date is July 1, 2022.
Founded in 1989, the CADVC’s mandate is to serve the wide-ranging, liberal-arts mission of the College and the University. As a university art gallery, the CADVC has a well-established reputation for creating forums in which students, faculty, staff, as well as the public, engage in dialogues on contemporary visual culture. Through diverse, challenging exhibitions, a lucid application of cultural theory that builds connections between visual culture and social systems, rigorously researched catalogs, creative exhibition and publication design, and inclusive, collaborative public programming, the CADVC reshapes the interactions between cultural institutions and the public.
The Director will have the unique opportunity to develop, promote, and implement the annual activities of the CADVC that comprise: the production of four to five exhibitions, of which one to two are of national stature; the publication of one to two catalogues or books devoted to contemporary art, graphic design, and critical theory; and the presentation of public programs, related to the Center’s exhibition schedule, both at the Center’s gallery space and the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park on UMBC’s campus. These programs include lectures, interdisciplinary panel discussions, screenings, guided gallery tours and a wide variety of workshops for K-12 students. Periodically, the CADVC organizes events in partnership with a range of cultural institutions in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer: Diversity is a core value of the University, the College, and the Center. We believe that innovation and creativity are enhanced when diverse groups of people come together to learn. UMBC is committed to inclusive excellence and is especially proud of the diversity of its 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We are equally committed to increasing faculty diversity by attracting a diverse applicant pool for this position. Information on faculty diversity initiatives is available at http://facultydiversity.umbc.edu. We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Resources to help balance work and personal priorities are available at http://hr.umbc.edu/work-life-balance/. Candidates with a proven record of working with diverse and/or under-served populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate the potential for building an equitable and diverse workplace environment in the CADVC.
Applicants for the position, at the minimum should:
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application that includes:
Direct questions to Dr. Carolyn Forestiere (email@example.com), Chair, CADVC Search Committee
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